Piers Morgan on Shooting Straight

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Piers Morgan, host of the CNN show Piers Morgan Live, discusses his childhood in England to his career as a tabloid editor to his rise to fame in the United States. Shooting Straight: Guns, Gays, God, and George Clooney offers an inside view of the real-time drama behind covering breaking news stories such as the killing of Osama bin Laden, Hurricane Sandy, and the massacre at Newtown. He talks about his love affair with America and with the news business.


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Comments [27]

CNN who? Dead content provider pretending continued significance as handheld media destroys their biz model. I would appreciate it if the far better CNN overseas stations in Asia and Europe with their much better news editing/story picking and less jingoistic slant could be viewed in the USA on cable networks, but they aren't for fear of antagonizing the puerile American public and their even more puerile advertising agencies. So I block CNN just as I block Fox News and CNBC from my children so that they won't become infected by the latest middle brow porn. BBC, Pacifica, NPR and WNYC for me and mine, thank you, along with the Frankfurter Zeitung, the Tokyo Shimbun, ETTV, Univision (much better news than the US networkds as a rule), etc. The truth is that America in the past 50 years has become too culturally limited and ignorant of world events, languages and economics to benefit from real news. Ergo the huge and continued slide in CNN reportage quality and coverage extent. It is just another organ of the new state of the US of Goldman Snacks, and I believe even more self-censored than the Pravda of old.
Mr. Morgan is a snake oil salesman. Pity is that there is such a market for his brand of illiterate snake oil. The fault, dear Brutus, etc.

Nov. 01 2013 09:20 AM

And yes, Morgan is a bozo.

Oct. 31 2013 05:29 PM

What you think or don't really doesn't matter. You should familiarize yourself with such concepts as "facts."
JGarbus is absolutely correct in his balanced presentation. OK, maybe too balanced.
The fact is that the Soviets fought the war and Americans were helping, probably not enough, probably too late, etc. Which part of history you don't like?

Oct. 31 2013 05:27 PM
Patricia Burstein from New York City

I listen to Leonard Lopate all the time and in fact he did the best interview of all with my twin and me about her memoir back more than a decade ago, and he continues to do great work.

I do not understand why he wasted his time on Piers Morgan and his thin diary about celebrity fawning under the guise of being a gun control advocate. (I too am for gun control, but I do not want Morgan, who makes it up as he goes along as my spokesperson on the issue because he sets up ridiculous dust-ups with fringe right-wingers to drive his ratings)

I am glad, however, that Lopate did not let Morgan get away with a lame excuse about not being able to comment on the hacker trials underway because in Britain he's not allowed to discuss trials. But, as Lopate pressed him, Morgan is a resident in the United States. Never mind, too, that the two main hacking defendants are Morgan acolytes. Above all, Morgan creates this absolutely ridiculous false equivalency between tabloid snooping and WikiLeaks and Snowden as if wiring the hotel room, which he and some cohorts did, of Captain James Hewitt, Diana's onetime lover, and exposing NSA and IRS spying. Astonishing.

Lopate, a superb interviewer, did allow Morgan the room to reveal yet again Morgan in all his self-absorption and vacuity. All roads--and events and tragedies--lead to Piers Morgan including the Japan tsunami where Morgan found himself maneuvering between "America's Got Talent" and CNN by climbing up into this makeshift recording booth on the set. A whole area of Japan is destroyed and so many lives lost and the main detail, as Morgan relates, in a question about juggling his two jobs, is where he broadcast from.

Morgan doesn't deserve airtime on a fine program like Leonard Lopate's. Apparently, Morgan is a devotee, he says, of the program but didn't know it runs for two hours. I say fire Morgan from CNN and let someone of Lopate's intelligence and great interviewing skills take over.

Oct. 30 2013 11:10 PM
Erica from new york city

great interview - glad lenny put him in the hot seat!

Oct. 30 2013 01:09 PM
jgarbuz from Queens


My father, a Jew, was a master sergeant in the Red Army, fighting from Leningrad all the way to Berlin on foot. I remember he told me about the American Studebaker trucks and all. First thing after the war, was quickly defecting to the American sector where he met my mother in the DP camp outside Munich.

Yes, Russia and China bore the brunt of 2/3rds of the brutal fighting, without which the US and Britain probably would have lost. But without American aid, both the Russian and CHinese fronts probably would have collapsed first.

Oct. 30 2013 01:03 PM

I don't think so Jgarbuz[the Russians won world war 2 and we were so grateful we gave them half of Europe to control] -but that's part of the self serving narrative of Americanism. Bring out the violin as you cling to your inflated faux view of yourselves.[How dare Piers get bent out of shape over gun violence. What's a little mass murder and mayhem when done by an [exceptional] American].

Oct. 30 2013 12:56 PM
Sarah from Cobble Hill

Who writes this guy's material, Lance Armstrong?

Oct. 30 2013 12:47 PM
Tony from Canarsie

From his dissembling "answers" you wouldn't know that in a previous memoir, Morgan bragged about knowing how to hack a phone.

Oct. 30 2013 12:46 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

To Rosellen

No, for a very long time now it is the US that has been at the receiving end of endless and mostly unwarranted criticisms from former empires. The US is the most generous major country in the world. We saved Britain's butt twice in the last century. Who are they to come here with their highly over-touted accents thinking they should still be lecturing "the colonists." He's be speaking with a German accent if it weren't for us.

Oct. 30 2013 12:40 PM
Mia from Manhattan

Has Piers seen the Diana film and what does he think of how it portrays the late Diana Spencer and her relationship with the press?

Oct. 30 2013 12:39 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

I love how the gun control people define a "well regulated militia" to be something that explicitly requires muskets, tricorn hats and and long lines of red coats. The militia is simply the armed citizenry of a country ready to take up arms to defend themselves collectively. The "well regulated" part has more to do with keeping the role of the militia strictly defined (so as not to create a ready made force for insurrection that could blackmail the government) it has nothing to do with their arms. That being said I'm all for sensible gun laws, including closing the gun show loophole, but if anything is cowardly it is giving up legal rights because criminals and psychopaths might abuse the lawful freedom the rest of us enjoy. That is a specious argument no matter which amendment has presently fallen out of favor.

Oct. 30 2013 12:37 PM

Way to go Piers. I love the way he doesn't give a darn about offending the Americans who don't give a darn about offending any one else. Love seeing the thin skinned-we dish it out but can't take it ourselves-American character exposed! [How dare you Piers,didn't God tell you we're exceptional and cannot be criticized!]

Oct. 30 2013 12:33 PM
Steve from Rockville Centre, NY

owwwwwww! my ears are bleeding. Get him off!

Oct. 30 2013 12:29 PM
Jim from Brooklyn

Mr. morgan may want to examine the rampant non-gun violence in the Uk and especially in Australia and the late night police brutality in the UK and Australia towards their drunken citizens. The police in the UK are not, as some are led to believe un-armed they carry FULLY AUTOMATIC COMPACT MACHINE GUNS AND SEMI-AUTOMATIC HANDGUNS. I was a bouncer in London for many years and I have never seen such violence in any country, and I have been pretty much everywhere in the world.

Oct. 30 2013 12:24 PM
Mike from Tribeca

I suspect that more people are listening to this interview right now on WNYC than watch Mr. Morgan's CNN show on an average night. Just a thought.

Oct. 30 2013 12:23 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Go back to Merry Olde England, Morgan, and enjoy your peaceful, quiet, gun-free life over there! Why are you here? Oh, you'd never get a job like this over there, and certainly for the same American-size salary as here, that's why! The 2nd Amendment and the 1st Amendment are part of our AMERICAN constitution and our AMERICAN way of life! I don't own any, but I don't begrudge or deny the right of others to do so if they feel they need it. I've lived in inner city neighborhoods most of my life and never thought of getting one despite all. The RIGHT of the citizenry to own weapons is SACROSANCT! Don't like it? Go back to your homeland.

Oct. 30 2013 12:21 PM
antonio from baySide

We may be the worlds greatest super power, but there's two americas;
The evolution (ha..I didn't mean that to be a joke), progression etc. and the folks who could care less about guns...

BTW, love the argument in which citizens always must be ready in case the central government turns on its people. I don't think laws ever enabled or disabled anything...

Pot is illegal. Bit-torrents are illegal etc.

Oct. 30 2013 12:21 PM
Mr. Bad from NYC

What a tosser. The 2nd Amendment has its roots in English law and provisions for the establishment of a militia as opposed to a standing army. The "form" a militia would take was never specified in English law nor is it in our 2nd Amendment. Piers, whose research has no doubt not moved past typical gun control talking points, is simply blowing a whole lot of hot air. The Founding Fathers would be disgusted with our military industrial complex, it is the absolute antithesis of their ideals. But that's just fine with Piers I'm sure...

Japan had a "gun" problem? When was that exactly? WW2? If you know anything about Japanese history you know they enacted gun control in the 17th century and phased out all firearms (until they were forced to rearm with the arrival of Commodore Perry) as a means of social control and to preserve the ascendacy of the Samurai warrior class.

Oct. 30 2013 12:21 PM
Joe Mirsky from Pompton Lakes, NJ

“What, Sir, is the use of a militia? It is to prevent the establishment of a standing army, the bane of liberty .... Whenever Governments mean to invade the rights and liberties of the people, they always attempt to destroy the militia, in order to raise an army upon their ruins."
— Rep. Elbridge Gerry of Massachusetts, spoken during floor debate over the Second Amendment, I Annals of Congress at 750, August 17, 1789

“A well regulated militia, composed of the body of the people, being the best security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed; but no one religiously scrupulous of bearing arms shall be compelled to render military service in person.“
— Draft version of the Second Amendment sent by the House of Representatives to the United States Senate, on August 24, 1789.

The Second Amendment "has been the subject of one of the greatest pieces of fraud—I repeat the word 'fraud'—on the American public by special interest groups that I have ever seen in my lifetime.”
— Warren E. Burger, conservative Chief Justice of the Supreme Court 1969-1986, MacNeil/Lehrer NewsHour, December 16, 1991.

Oct. 30 2013 12:18 PM

Well, U.S.A. does have 5 TIMES the population of the U.K.

American gunowners need to be held accountable for the deeds committed by their weapons. It sounds harsh but the parent whose child has harmed himself or another with a poorly secured weapon needs to go to jail.

The 'keep and bear' arms language in the Constitution needs to be amended but the likelihood of that happening is remote. Adding a background check and safe weapons handling training requirement does not violate our Constitution and is something we *can* do.

Oct. 30 2013 12:16 PM
Sheldon from Brooklyn

I wish Pierce would stop being so hysterical about Arsenal Football Club's supposed demise, under their current manager.

Oct. 30 2013 12:15 PM
Steve from Rockville Centre, NY

Great. Mr. Morgan, a former Brit tabloid editor is advising us on our gun problem. Why is he on WNYC? Are you trying to scare donors away? Sounds like somebody trying to atone for his past.
"I've been very heavily involved trying to change the culture in Britain". Bull!

Oct. 30 2013 12:12 PM
jgarbuz from Queens

Here we go, another guy with a British accent telling Americans what we should do. I thought that came to an end in 1776! What with all these people with their highly touted British accents coming and getting all these peachy jobs? If he came here with a Spanish accent or a Yiddish accent, or even if he had a Brooklyn accent, no one would listen to one word he has to say.

Oct. 30 2013 12:11 PM
Tony from Canarsie

Please ask Mr. Morgan about his documented history of tabloid phone hacking in the UK.

Pro tip: expect the sound of crickets.

Oct. 30 2013 12:10 PM

Steve from Rockville Center, NY: I couldn't have written it any better than you did.

Oct. 30 2013 12:07 PM
Steve from Rockville Centre, NY

Another cable "news" pundit. Gag. Up there with the Bill O'Reillys and all those other retards.

Oct. 30 2013 12:05 PM

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